San Sebastián Travel Guide

  • La Concha
    La Concha
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  • Lights reflecting off the La Concha bay
    Lights reflecting off the La Concha bay
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San Sebastián Things to Do

  • the beaches of San Sebastian

    one of the best excuses to come here is the beach, we have done it in town and visiting for a day from France. The experience of the beaches of Concha and Zurriola are superb,and they still have OndarretaThe Concha Beach. this is the largest and most central of San Sebastian’s 3 beaches. It has fine, golden sand and forms an arc covering about 2...

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  • Constitution Square

    In this picture I show you a Façade of the Constitution Square (Plaza) in San Sebastián. It was a bullring in the past and the rooms, with the numbers could be hired for hours to watch the bull fighting show.

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  • Don Quijote y Sancho Panza

    This is a small copy of the same statue in madrid. I love it!There is another such statue, much bigger, in Brussels, Belgium.

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San Sebastián Restaurants

  • Baby eels and Rioja in San Sebastian old...

    In the autumn of 2012, I read an article in which the British consumer magazine "Which?" had conducted extensive research to identify the world's best city for eating out. Based on their findings, they concluded that San Sebastian was the best city in the world for foodies!This conclusion was based not only on the fact that the city apparently had...

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  • Tasty pintxos...and delicious Pantxineta...

    In the autumn of 2012, I read an article in which the British consumer magazine "Which?" had conducted extensive research to identify the world's best city for eating out. Based on their findings, they concluded that San Sebastian was the best city in the world for foodies!This conclusion was based not only on the fact that the city apparently had...

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  • Good choice of pintxos...but a bit...

    In the autumn of 2012, I read an article in which the British consumer magazine "Which?" had conducted extensive research to identify the world's best city for eating out. Based on their findings, they concluded that San Sebastian was the best city in the world for foodies!This conclusion was based not only on the fact that the city apparently had...

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San Sebastián Nightlife

  • Nightclubs

    With a balcony overlooking the beach "La Concha," this nightspot is usually open till 5am, the latest of any of Donostia's nightclubs. Drinks are expensive so I suggest you drink before you go! Casual, sometimes nights are themed.

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  • Nooks everywhere

    For all that people who like smoke up you easily find places to do that...here closer to the "Fronton" and behind the huge church there are several places to do it and without the indiscreet police visit

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  • You do not need chairs

    This is one of my favourite bars. It's located close to the port. You can go there in the evening or in the night. The bar is very small, but it has good beers. I think its charm is you can stay outdoor, in the stairs to Urgull Mountain, speaking with friends or foreginers, and drinking, smoking and listening music.Also, you are very near to the...

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San Sebastián Transportation

  • How to get in and out, San Sebastian

    its very easy to drive as long as dont get into the old section , there better on foot. I go there and use the car always, park in Gros neighborhood hereparkingtxofre.com/txofre/ind...all commodities secure , central,and safe. There are other parking areas for choices http://www.empark.com/en/find-a-car-parkthe areas in red in the map are the...

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  • Euskotren

    The Euskotren runs from over the border in Hendaya France to Irun Spain and San Sebastion and along the north coast of Spain to Bilbao etc. Sometimes the train called Metro.

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  • Buses to/from Bilbao

    We undertook a day trip from Bilbao to San Sebastian (Donostia) during our visit to the Basque Country in December 2012.The two cities are a little over an hour apart by road and are connected by regular buses throughout the day.The following details were correct at the time of our visit. Buses were operating on a timetable that ran from 1...

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San Sebastián Shopping

  • Grocery Store and More

    At the ground level there are pastry, fruit, meat, etc. shops where the foods look great. Below is a general supermarket with everything you need,

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  • A typical city boearding the ocean...

    As long as you're a woman, you may find everything that you need in San Sebastian, as your main shops (Mango, Zara, Benetton) have an outlet here... The same price than in France, meaning... the price !

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  • San Sebastián Hotels

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San Sebastián Local Customs

  • Olentzero - the Basque Santa Claus!

    Whilst walking around the streets of Bilbao and San Sebastian in December 2012, we saw that many buildings (both apartment blocks and businesses) had Santa Claus figures scaling the walls, climbing over the balcony or hanging from the window ledge.This wasn't unusual; we had seen similar sights in other countries at Christmas time. However, just as...

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  • Tapas on the Bar

    One of the most pleasurable aspects of visiting San Sebastian is the myriad of bars and restos selling tapas (also knowns as pintxos) right off of the bar (they are on plates). Every tapas bar I have had the pleasure to have met was friendly and had some great individual tapas. This spread is fairly typical... A pork loin roll, anchovies on toast...

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  • Eating Pintxos in the Old Town

    San Sebastian is famous for its extra-delicious tapas which are called pintxos here. You can't walk through the old town without coming across the mouth-watering smell of pintxos such as doughballs filled with meat, vegetables or seafood, slices of baguette with bacon and sausage, seafood and salad, sardines, yummy cheese and so on and so forth....

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San Sebastián Warnings and Dangers

  • Even the toilets have a siesta!!!!

    Doesn't matter where you are in the world, taking snaps of loos can get a photographer into trouble and joins the list of taboo places to photo - like military establishments, government installations and Sheiks palaces, but then again there must be loos in those places too.Seems that most of Spain shuts down for siesta - well after all the late...

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  • Another year with bi waves

    If you park the car at the 'Paseo Berria-Paseo Nuevo', you have to be sure that the weather in the sea is good. Nowadays, when there are big waves the local police do not allow passing to the Paseo Berria by car. But it is really dificult to park the car in Donostia....

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  • attacks on buildings

    You might see buildings splattered in red and yellow paint whilst walking around town. I was in close proximity to an attack and whilst I didn't feel personally threatened be aware that it does happen. I presume it was the work of ETA.

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San Sebastián Tourist Traps

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    Showers & more showers

    by lolitajane Written Dec 2, 2002

    Weather is definitely a tourist trap in San Sebastian. It can ruin your day, as it did with our stay.
    I've heard that it can rain a whole week --and the difference with London is that at least you get some sunshine there, but not in SS!!!

    Unique Suggestions: Just carry an umbrella & rain coat & don't let the rain turn you into bad mood (as it happened to me!)

    Getting soaked!

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San Sebastián What to Pack

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    IT DEPENDS...

    by lutxu Written Jun 20, 2005

    Luggage and bags: IN THE BASQUE COUNTRY, IN WINTER TIME, THE TEMPERATURE RANGE IS AROUND 3-9ºCELSIUS, BUT I ADMIT IT RAINS PRETTY MUCH (THAT'S THE REASON FOR HAVING SUCH A GREEN COUNTRY), SO BETTER BRING AN UMBRELLA. IN SUMMERTIME TEMPS GO FROM 22 TO 35ºC, DEPENDING ON THE MONTH, SO THE BEST IS NOT TOO MANY CLOTHES AND A BATHING SUIT TO GO TO THE BEACH.

    RUNNING AWAY FROM WAVES IN 'PASEO NUEVO'

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San Sebastián Off The Beaten Path

  • Cathedral of the Good Pastor San...

    Catedral del Buen Pastor is a nice church built from 1889 to 1897 in the heart of the district of Amara,name after the good pastor the evangelical figure of Jesus Christ . It became officially a Cathedral in 1949.The Cathedral is a building of neo-Gothic style based on a Latin cross-shaped plan, the nave is bordered by aisles (triple vessel), these...

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  • Ayuntamiento or city hall San Sebastian

    This is a wonderful building from 1887 right in the garden of Alderdi-Eder. the casino in it closed in 1924, and later a tourist center opened in 1928, by 1945 the city hall or ayuntamiento was moved here where it was before at the Municipal library at the Plaza de la Constitución (constitution square)the link I have it in the tourist section of...

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  • Gros

    The Gros neighbourhood is the newer, more commercially oriented one that you enter if you cross the Urumea by the Zurriola Bridge. In effect, if you go the Kursaal, you will find yourself in Gros. It is not exactly a charming part of the city, especially if you consider it against Antiguo, Parte Vieja or Centro, but it is not exactly run-down,...

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San Sebastián Sports & Outdoors

  • Surfing in San Sebastian

    One of the preferred spots for surfing in San Sebastiàn is the beach called Ondaretta (see my other tip). Here you can also find a school.Another good spot is located at the mouth of the river.

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  • Surf's up!

    Just North of La Concha Bay, there is a less sheltered bay. During the summer there was a surf and some surfers doing their surf thing. Even in Malibu we have flat days.

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  • Real Sociedad

    The most popular sport in Donostia is, of course, footbal. In every coffee bar, shop, restaurant... we saw some picture of Real Sociedad Football Club which is from Donostia. Darko Kovacevic, Serbian, is one of the best player in Real.

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San Sebastián Favorites

  • Gem of the Basque Country

    The views. As simple as that. One look at La Concha, the crescent-shaped beach surrounded by the city, and you know you are in paradise. Its a special place and one knows it just by seeing this beautiful bay. One can enjoy a full day at the beach with its chilly (yet refreshing) water or take in the breathtaking sunset with the faint sound of a...

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  • walk San Sebastian

    One of my past times walk in the city, and here it is wonderful to walk the narrow streets and the smell of the sea just around you.you go thru wonderful buildings like the church of Santa Maria del Coro, the street Calle Mayor and the climbing to mont urgall.Go on to see the Cathedral del Buen Pastor and the wonderful ayuntamiento or city hall...

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  • San Sebastián Tourist Office

    CATC/ Reina Regente, 320003 San Sebastián - DonostiaTelef: +34 943 48 11 66Fax: +34 943 48 11 72email: cat@donostia.orgwww.sansebastianturismo.comor Pagina del CATA smaller office, in a container near Renfe train station.

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Explore Deeper into San Sebastián
Extensive choice of tasty, creative pintxos!
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Let's get Basque!
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Beautiful balance of creativity and flavor
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Simple pintxos behind Playa de la Zurriola
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typical basque resto Juanito
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San Sebastion [ Donostia ]
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Breakfast baguettes near the town hall
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Buses to San Sebastian (Donostia)
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Another good restaurant...
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Good food here too...
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Excellent tapas
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Good lunch here too...
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A few doors down from Bar Martinez...
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I had a good lunch here!
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One of the best...
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Nice restaurant with a panoramic view of SS!
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Good seafood here... but expensive
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More views from Mont Urgull.
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Mont Urgull.
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Santa Maria del Coro church.
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Take a walk in town.
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La Conche
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Cafe Bar - Across from Bus Ticket Office
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Great 3 star food
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San Telmo Museum
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Kursaal
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Pinchos or tapas mania
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Great Food /handiko elikadura
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La Bretxa
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Ensanche Cortazar
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Plaza de Guipuzcoa
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Naval Museum
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Park near Udaletxe
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Calle de Zubieta
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Plaza de Bilbao
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Iglesia San Vicente
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Street Tiles
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Centro Cultural Koldo Mitxelena
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Puente Maria Cristina
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Santa Klarako Uhartea
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Map of San Sebastián

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